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Summary

  1. Former England captain Alastair Cook makes unbeaten 39 for Essex v Somerset
  2. Lancashire all-rounder Jordan Clark scores maiden first-class 100 v Surrey
  3. Sam Robson leads way with 84 for Champions Middlesex against Hampshire

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By Adam Williams

All times stated are UK

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That's stumps

And that is where we will leave the live action for this Good Friday.

It's been an eventful opening day, but we'll give the last say to Lancashire's Jordan Clark on the day he made his maiden first-class century to rescue his side against Surrey. 

Clark ton
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We'll be back with the action on day two from 10:45 BST on Saturday.

Until then.....

Close of play scores

Division One:

Hampshire v Middlesex 290-6 

Surrey v Lancashire 294-6

Somerset 209 lead Essex 60-2 by 149 runs

Warwickshire 152-8 v Yorkshire

Division Two:

Durham 162 lead Nottinghamshire 96-4 by 66 runs

Derbyshire 219-6 v Northamptonshire 

Glamorgan 207 lead Worcestershire 180-4 by 27 runs

Gloucestershire 236-4 v Leicestershire

Sussex 11-1 v Kent 304

Bad light stops play again

Durham 162 v Nottinghamshire 96-4

And, you've guessed it, we're off again at Durham as the light fades once more.

In fact, that sounds like it for the day, 3.1 overs ahead of schedule.

Plenty to talk about on that opening day and you'll be able to read all about it shortly on the cricket section of the BBC Sport website.

Stay there, we'll give you a glance at the close of play scores shortly.....

Lumb falls to Wood

Durham 162 v Nottinghamshire 94-4

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle at Chester-le-Street

With five overs to go tonight, Michael Lumb fell lbw to Mark Wood for 33. The ball didn't really get up but it's a blow for Notts in this unexpected late passage of play.

He put on 85 with Samit Patel for the fourth wicket. He is replaced by nightwatchman Luke Fletcher for the closing stages.

WICKET Lumb (lbw b Wood) 33

Durham 162 v Nottinghamshire 92-4

And there's still time for another wicket to fall on this eventful first day in the north east.

Mark Wood is in the wickets to trap Michael Lumb leg before for 33 and give the home supporters something to smile about. A few England supporters might also like the sound of that as well.

One game still going...

As Martin Emmerson mentioned, they're back on at Chester-le-Street and there's still a few more overs to bowl....

WICKET Westley (b Van der Merwe) 10

Somerset 209 v Essex 60-2

A wicket falls with the last ball of Division One action of the day and it goes Somerset's way at Taunton.

Tom Westley has his defences breached by Roelof van der Merwe with just two balls remaining on the opening day.

Alastair Cook is unbeaten at the other end on 39.

Play to resume in Chester-le-Street

Durham 162 v Notts 85-3.

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle at Chester-le-Street

An entertaining afternoon's play came to an abrupt halt at 5.15pm because of bad light. 

There were still 25 overs to go at the time. But they now think they can squeeze a final eight overs in this evening.

To be honest pre-lights we wouldn't have seen much play at all on a day that was clearly suited to the bowlers. 

Samit Patel will resume on 40 with Michael Lumb on 28. Their partnership of 78 was much needed and forged after they'd been reduced to 7-3 inside five overs.

Shiv and Jordan lead Red Rose revival

Surrey v Lancashire 294-6

Scott Read

BBC Radio Lancashire at The Oval

Chanderpaul and Clark
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The contrasting styles of Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Jordan Clark have been fascinating to watch this afternoon and evident in the way Clark reached his maiden first-class century, he cleared the ground as he pulled Mark Footitt over square leg for six. 

While the 42-year-old Chanderpaul played a vintage innings, Clark, who is 16 years his junior came out with a clear intent to be positive and play the way he knows.

Two players from different generations, applying their styles to great success to help Lancashire fight back well on the day.

Congrats @Clarksy16 on your maiden 💯, what an innings and a great time to do it 👍🌹

Close of play at Ageas Bowl

Hampshire v Middlesex 290-6

All done for the day at the Ageas Bowl where the weather has not interrupted any of the action.

Champions Middlesex might feel they've left themselves a bit short at the close as Hampshire battled well in the evening session to keep them under 300 and snare six wickets in the process.

Sam Robson (84) and Stevie Eskinazi (82) led the way earlier on at the top of the order. 

Play abandoned at The Oval

Surrey v Lancashire 294-6

And another one falls victim to the weather, in Division One this time.

That's your lot at the end of an engrossing first at at The Oval and Lancashire will feel a lot happier about life than they did at lunch thanks to Jordan Clark and Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

Play abandoned in Cardiff

Glamorgan 207 v Worcestershire 180-4

Rain has curtailed proceedings in Cardiff after an eventful first day featuring 387 runs and 14 wickets.

Worcestershire's day for sure as they trail by just 27 runs.

Bad light stops play again

Surrey v Lancashire 294-6

The dark clouds have returned at The Oval sadly after that blitz from Jordan Clark to bring up his century.

He's unbeaten on 108 with Shiv Chanderpaul on 85 as once again play is stopped with another nine overs still to bowl.

Clark's route to his century earlier went like this on the scorecard: 4-4-0-4-6 as Mark Footitt was on the receiving end.

Coming off for bad light again with Lancashire 294-6...Clark 108*, Chanderpaul 85* #bbccricket

Coming off for bad light again with Lancashire 294-6...Clark 108*, Chanderpaul 85* #bbccricket

Kent out for 304 as Archer bags seven

Sussex v Kent 304

Jofra Archer takes two wickets in three balls to mop up the Kent tail at Hove and finish with figures of 7-67.

Looks like his team-mates will have six overs to face before the close of play as well.

Cook on the charge

Somerset 209 v Essex 41-1

After a quiet spell at the crease, Alastair Cook sends Jamie Overton's first over for 12, hitting the Somerset man for three consecutive boundaries.

Spin looks to be on it's way soon, Jack Leach will be hoping for an instant impact this evening.

100 for Jordan Clark

Surrey v Lancashire 284-6

Jordan Clark ton
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First century of the day goes to Lancashire's Jordan Clark.

Added to that, it's a maiden first class ton for the right-hander, who along with Shivnarine Chanderpaul (83 not out) has transformed this opening day for his side.

Clark gets to three figures with a six off Mark Footitt. Fifteen fours and three maximums in total from him as he reached three figures in just 118 balls.

WICKET Simpson (c sub b Wheal) 9

Hampshire v Middlesex 269-6

Hampshire claim another wicket towards the close of this first day and a loose shot to point by John Simpson sees him succumb to Brad Wheal.

One of two substitute fielders out there for the hosts takes the catch with both Rilee Rossouw and Fidel Edwards in the changing room nursing injuries.

Heading towards parity

Glamorgan 207 v Worcestershire 179-4

Peter Miller

BBC Sport at Cardiff

This hugely entertaining day of cricket in Cardiff continues to thrill with Worcestershire now heading towards parity with Glamorgan on first innings.

We have had 380 runs and 14 wickets in the 80 overs that we have had so far today. 

After losing both set batsmen to leave them at 80-4, Worcestershire are now within touching distance of the hosts with Tom Kohler-Cadmore reaching a very well made fifty and Ben Cox looking very fluent.

Play abandoned for day at Edgbaston

Warwickshire 152-8 v Yorkshire

All over for the day at Edgbaston.

Only 48.3 overs possible between the showers and the bad light on day one.

Five-wicket haul for Jofra Archer

Sussex v Kent 276-8

And another Kent wicket falls late in the day at Hove.

Jofra Archer bags his fifth wicket of the innings as James Tredwell departs for just a single.

Another impressive display from the young right-armer.

WICKET Browne (b C Overton) 11

Somerset 209 v Essex 17-1

Nick Browne's indifferent start to the season continues as Craig Overton somehow sneaks the ball past his bat and clatters into his stumps. 

Alastair Cook is joined at the crease by Tom Westley. 

WICKET Stevens (c Brown b Shahzad) 68

Sussex v Kent 275-7

The Darren Stevens fireworks display has ended for Kent at Hove.

He and Wayne Parnell (40 not out) added 123 runs for the seventh wicket before Ajmal Shahzad found Stevens' outside edge.

Eleven fours and a six in that knock from the 41-year-old including hitting a six and a four in an expensive over of 19 runs from Vernon Philander.

Cook survives lbw shout

Somerset 209 v Essex 13-0

Alastair Cook survives a huge lbw shout off Lewis Gregory before sending the Somerset bowler to the boundary edge with a sublime drive in front a the paltry remaining crowd at Taunton.

The England opener is facing a tough task to survive the evening at the crease.

Worcestershire take command in Cardiff

Glamorgan 207 v Worcestershire 160-4

Nick Webb

BBC Radio Wales

Worcestershire's fifth wicket pair of Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Ben Cox have put their side back on top, doubling their score in the Cardiff gloom after a topsy-turvy day's action.

Earlier Joe Clarke (39) and Tom Fell (35) took the score from 1 for 2 to 80 for 2 before falling in successive overs.

Glamorgan were relieved to get to 207 all out thanks to David Lloyd's 88, after making another dreadful start to the game, losing eight wickets in the first session.

But Worcestershire look set to take the lead tonight if the light holds out long enough.

Back out at The Oval

Surrey v Lancashire 249-6

Back on at Taunton and now back on at The Oval after earlier bad light...

Much better sight now..sun is out #bbccricket

Much better sight now..sun is out #bbccricket

Play abandoned at Derby

Derbyshire 219-6 v Northamptonshire

As Alex Winter's earlier post hinted, that's your lot for the day in the East Midlands.

The rain has curtailed the opening day of that game and they'll cross their fingers they can return tomorrow morning without any further disruption.

100 partnership for Kent

Sussex v Kent 264-6

Darren Stevens (64) and Wayne Parnell (40) have been enjoying themselves in the middle for Kent at Hove.

After slumping to 152-6 in the afternoon session, this pair have now added 112 for the seventh wicket to give their first innings a bit more respectability.

Play resumes at Taunton

Somerset 209 v Essex 2-0

By some miracle the huge booming black cloud has departed and the players are back out at Taunton.

No overs lost as of yet but that may well change as close of play comes closer.

Rain stops play at Derby

Derbyshire 219-6 v Northamptonshire

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport at Derby

Looking like the close at Derby with light rain falling, the skies very dark and the covers put into place.

It's a shame because the day was entering a crucial phases with nine overs until the new ball and two new batsmen at the crease. But that battle will probably have to wait until tomorrow now.

Derbyshire's 219-6 may be a few too many for Northants' liking - they lost control of the day in the hour before tea where Gary Wilson went merrily along but you'd have to call it an even first day.

Derby
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Bad light stops play at Chester-le-Street

Durham 162 v Notts 85-3

More bad light doing the rounds and this time it's up in the north east where play has been halted now.

Still 25 overs scheduled to be bowled in the day, but we're on hold for the time being.

WICKET Voges (b Abbott) 24

Hampshire v Middlesex 258-5

And that new ball immediately does the trick for Hampshire.

Kyle Abbott forces a loose shot off Adam Voges who under-edges on to his stumps as he tries to cut one away.

Tilting towards honours even now this one.

New ball taken at Ageas Bowl

Hampshire v Middlesex 252-4

No gloom at the moment in Hampshire, where play continues.

Hampshire have taken the new ball as they look for a few more scalps before the end of this first day.

Rain stops play

Warwickshire 152-8 v Yorkshire

Our man in Birmingham Mr Shemilt has more news of the weather outlook from Edgbaston.....

"Told you it would rain again...."

Bad light stops play in Taunton

Somerset 209 v Essex 2-0

Alastair Cook survives a testing over of fierce bowling from Craig Overton before the umpires decide it is too dark for fast bowling in Taunton.

Somerset captain Tom Abell was given the option of using his spinners but after conferring with Marcus Trescothick, the players are brought off.

No imminent rain but there is a heavy cloud that looks set to stay for the evening.

Shall we try again?

Warwickshire 152-8 v Yorkshire

Stephan Shemilt

BBC Sport at Edgbaston

Covers coming off. Still darker than an outhouse.

Play to resume at 17:15. Plenty of time for it to rain again.

We have another resumption planned for 5.15pm. 23.3 overs left to be bowled in the day.

Plenty of turn on show

Somerset 209 v Essex 0-0

Anthony Gibson

BBC Somerset at Taunton

Shades of 2016 as Somerset are bowled out for just 209 in their first innings, with the old firm of Trego and Hildreth the main contributors with 48 and 36 respectively. 

There's plenty of turn for the spinners, but the Essex seamers played their part as well, in keeping the pressure on. 

How good a total is 209?  We'll know more when Essex have had their turn, starting with former England captain Alastair Cook and his opening partner Nick Browne.

A period of calm descends in Chester-le-Street

Durham 162 v Notts 56-3

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle

The tea interval seems to have come at a good time for Notts who were reeling on 7-3 just before it but have now reached the relative calm of 56-3 in their first innings in Chester-le-Street.

Samit Patel has 22, but survived a massive shout for lbw from Graham Onions before the interval, a decision from umpire Peter Hartley which saw Durham captain Paul Collingwood spit his chewing gum out in disbelief.

Michael Lumb, a regular thorn in the Durham side over the years, has 20. There are still 32 overs to go today and it remains gloomy and cold and the floodlights are on. 

Bad light stops play

Surrey v Lancashire 249-6

Clark and Chanderpaul
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So rain at Edgbaston and gloomy skies in London it would appear as the players go off for bad light at The Oval.

Jordan Clark (76) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (72) would probably both happily continue, but it's the umpires choice remember.

The Lancashire pair have now added 127 runs for the seventh wicket.

And @scottread16 alongside @norcrosscricket discussing cricket and baking whilst the players are off for bad light… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

Rain returns to Edgbaston

Warwickshire 152-8 v Yorkshire

Stephan Shemilt

BBC Sport at Edgbaston

The covers were off, now they are very much needed again as the rain returns.

Don't rule it out that this one is done for the day. The rain isn't heavy, but it's persistent and annoying - like Jack Russell's batting.

We have more rain at Edgbaston, so that resumption is canned.